SWAGr for March 2020

Welcome to the Serious Writers’ Accountability Group!

Post your goals for this month and let us know how you got on with last month’s goals.

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Leave a comment below telling us how you got on last month, and what you plan to do next month, then check back in on the first of each month, to see how everyone’s doing.

(It doesn’t have to be fiction. Feel free to use this group to push you in whatever creative direction you need.)

Did you live up to your commitment from last month? Don’t remember what you promised to do? Check out the comments from last month.

And don’t forget to celebrate with/encourage your fellow SWAGr-ers on their progress!

Download your SWAGr Tracking Sheet now, to keep track of your commitments this month


Examples of Goals Set By SWAGr-ers in previous months

  • Finish first draft of story and write 3 articles for my school paper. – Courtney
  • Write on seven days this month – Clare
  • Extend my reading and to read with a ‘writers eye’- Wendy
  • write 10,000 words – Mary Lou

 So, what will you accomplish this month? Leave your comment below (use the drop-down option to subscribe to the comments and receive lovely, encouraging notifications from fellow StADa SWAGr-ers!)

(Next check-in, 1st of the month. Tell your friends!)

5 thoughts on “SWAGr for March 2020”

  1. Hi Everyone ,
    I achieved my February goals. I entered 2 competitions and sent two completed stories to the author who leads our writing group, for critiquing. I attended a second session of our group and had a one to one tutorial to evaluate my writing.
    * I want to complete 4 more stories and enter them in competitions.
    * I want to research which magazines I think I could submit a short story to and investigate the process.
    * I need to press on with organising my writing space and resources.
    * Keep writing daily.

    1. Not achieved many of my goals but I have typed up several stories I had hand written.
      I’ve written some new short stories and researched competitions.
      Goals for April
      Send off two stories to competitions.
      Submit part of my novel to the tutor of our local writing group for evaluation.
      Join our group in virtual meetings with Zoom.

  2. March goals:

    I signed up for and was accepted into an online writer’s retreat, so for the next six months, I’ll be working on my novel. On top of that, I have two fics I really need to get done, but more ideas and exchanges I want to do first, so we’ll see how that goes. I have two exchange fics to do, but I did drop out of a big bang for time, so that was good. I still have my monster thing to write, so I need to get on that, but I’m confident I can do it.

  3. February 2020 Reflection

    I finished drafting my essay on why we need more poetry e-books for accessibility, and for about the last couple of weeks I have been revising it and doing more research to support my revision. I published a blog post and drafted 3 or 4 poems. An episode of the StoryADay podcasts we realize that I was taking on additional projects because I was anxious about taking an old project to the next stage. Given this realization, I decided to set aside the new project I was outlining. I’m not saying goodbye to the idea forever. I just want to get things I’ve started out there in the world before I move on to new ideas.
    March 2020 Goals
    • Finish revising the essay about why we need more poetry e-books for accessibility. Work on this revision at least 30 minutes a day.
    • Start sending the essay out into the world.
    • Make progress on my research for my historical novel project — at least 30 minutes a day.
    o Determine which of my specific questions can be answered through online research and which questions I need to ask experts.
    o Contact experts before I go on location in 2 weeks in case I need to pick up documents.
    • While I’m reading for replies, either from markets for my essay or experts in topics I have questions about, I can revise poems.

  4. Hi, all,

    I’ve been focusing on finishing a novel. My February goal was to finish the current draft, re-read the whole thing (while identifying what else needed to be done) and then begin the next draft. I got that done and I am almost finished!

    So for March, I’m going to:
    *finish this novel and submit it (I have a market picked out)
    *finish edits on a short story that will be published in an upcoming anthology
    *go back to a novelette/novella I was working on in the fall

    Hope everyone has a good month!

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